Official 2019 Early Season Team Tournament Rules
The following rules will remain in effect for the 2019 Early Season Tournaments. Interpretation of the rules will be defined and enforced exclusively by the Tournament Director. Each participant agrees to immediately report any and all rule violations to the Tournament Director. A rule violation can result in sanctions deemed appropriate by the Tournament Director including to but not limited to disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes, and prohibition from participation in any and or all Victory Fishing Events. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable in any court of law. Victory Fishing Events reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules to ensure the safety and welfare of the participants and or the public, also to preserve the integrity of Victory Fishing Events. It is the responsibility of every participant to read and understand the rules. All participants will be required to sign an affidavit that the rules have been read, understood, and that the participant accepts all the rules. The Tournament Director reserves the right to place an observer in the boat of any participant at any time.
Participation is open to all anglers in good standing. Anyone who has competed in the FLW Majors, Bass Master Elite Series, MLF, or has guided for Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass on the lake the Tournament is being held on in the past six months is not eligible to participate. Victory Fishing Events reserves the right to refuse membership and participation for any reason in any and all events to any team or person at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
All participants must have a valid State Fishing License and must obey all Federal, State, and Lake specific regulations.
A team will consist of one or two participant anglers only.
Running lights must be illuminated until safe light or until fog has lifted.
Participants must register, and pay the cash entry fee prior to fishing in the Early Season Team Tournament event.
Participants asked to submit to truth verification testing must take the polygraph test when asked and pass the test to qualify for prizes.
Tournament fishing hours are 6:45am until 2:30pm, unless otherwise specified for a specific tournament. Each Team must have their number placed in the official number collection bucket by 2:30pm to qualify for weigh-in. The official bucket will be at the weigh in site and removed at 2:30pm sharp! No exceptions. One Team Participant must be in the weigh-in line by 2:45pm. Weigh-in will continue until all contestants in line have been weighed. If no one is in the official weigh in line and it is 2:45pm the scales will be closed.
Teams may weigh-in only 5 fish. One of the five fish can be weighed for the Big Bass prize. A boat used during the Tournament must be equipped with a properly aerated live well. Do not enter weigh-in line with more than five fish. A team can only bring five fish to the weigh-in line. All fish will be measured on an official measuring board on its side with mouth closed; the tail fin will be squeezed together and or turned in a way to obtain the maximum overall length as described in the 2018-2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and fishing Regulations.
· This is a catch and release tournament. The use of Sure-Life catch and release formulas are recommended. All live fish will be released back into the designated tournament lake. All participants must do everything they can to preserve the resource.
· Participants are not allowed to in any way to alter the length of a fish.
· Any fish turned in for weigh-in will be examined by any means necessary to deem any presented fish as unaltered.
· Fish must be brought to weigh-in a tournament weigh-in bag.
- A 1 lb. Penalty will be assessed for each dead fish. (No iced or Frozen fish)
· Black Bass, Kentucky Spotted Bass, and Small Mouth Bass only qualify for weigh-in.
No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be allowed during the tournament. Participants must be of sound mind and not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs immediately prior to or during the tournament. The use of alcoholic beverages is restricted during all ceremonies and are not to be consumed at the tournament site. We will maintain a family friendly environment. Profanity, heckling, and aggressive gestures will not be tolerated and sportsmanlike conduct will be expected by every participant.
All participants in the boat must be a team member and entered in the tournament. Participants must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest fastened and or zipped with an emergency shut off devise securely attached to the driver when the big motor is running. No trolling of lures with the big motor. Safe boating practices must be used by all participants. Any boat used in the tournament must meet all coast guard regulations, have the required safety equipment, have a rating plate, and not exceeding the established horse power rating.
Participants must fish from their entered boat. No wading, inner tubes, or dock fishing. Do not leave boat to land a fish. Participants are required to keep both feet on the deck surface of their boat while fishing or landing a fish. A participant may leave the boat at a recognized facility to take a rest room break or to resolve an emergency situation. No fishing will be allowed until the complete team is back in the boat. If a participant leaves the boat for any reason the occurrence must be reported to the Tournament Director prior to the published tournament end time.
Fishing is allowed only on the designated Tournament Lake.
No fishing within 50 feet of another entered boat. Having someone hold or sit on a hole in an attempt to allow a participant to gain an unfair advantage will not be tolerated. Be very courteous to all others on the lake. Do not cut anyone off or pass them on plane in narrow areas.
All fish must be caught on artificial lures. No live or prepared bait except pork rinds and spray fish attractants. Participants may possess as many rod and reel set ups they deem necessary. Each Participant may only use one rod and reel at a time. A rod and reel set up must be completely reeled in with the lure out of the water before another rod and reel set up can be used to continue fishing.
The designated Tournament Lake will be off limits to fishing at sunset on the day prior until the start of the tournament. A team may only get on the lake with his boat no earlier than the registration start time which is 5:30am on tournament day. Participants must immediately proceed to the registration location to register. Registered Participants cannot start leaving the launch site to go to their fishing areas until 6:45am. Participants cannot start fishing until 6:45am. The official time will be regulated by an electronic devise showing the official time in our time zone and will be available for comparison at the weigh-in site. These tournaments will not have a shot gun start and contestants must clear the no wake zones and allow any boat near them to clear 100 feet distance before taking off. The Tournament Director reserves the right to implement a numbered start or trailering at any time as a result of weather or safety concerns.
All ties will be broken by adding places and splitting equally.
Registration will be from 5:30am until 7:00am only.
Description of the Side Pot: A separate Side Pot and will be paid out at 100% to the highest finishing team that has entered and paid into the $40 optional Side Pot.
On Ray Hubbard Lake and Tawakoni Lake all Bass must be at least 14 inches in length to qualify for weigh in.